Scientific achievements in agriculture

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Photo showing Dr. Judith Nyiraneza crouching in a field of low plants, holding a garden trowel containing a small plant and soil.

Shining a Spotlight on Millet
2023 is the International Year of Millets, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is celebrating by sharing some of the important research our scientists are doing to maximize the potential of this small but mighty grain.

A scientist looking at plants in a greenhouse.

Antioxidants, a booster shot for late blight prevention in potatoes
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists use antioxidants to boost immune response in potatoes and prevent late blight disease.

A large vine of hops growing in a hopyard.

Maritimes wild hops (Video)
Prince Edward Island Research Scientist, Dr. Jason McCallum, is studying wild hops from the Maritimes and developing the best varieties into viable crops for producers and the craft brewing industry in Atlantic Canada. The project is continuing its experimentation but it’s already turning heads in the brewing industry.

A woman with her back to the camera places flat, dry-preserved plant specimens from the herbarium onto a conveyor belt that feeds into an automated imaging system.

Digitization unlocks millions of data points for biodiversity
A six-year, $30-million digitization project unlocks data from millions of plant and insect specimens.

List of scientific achievements in agriculture

Read about AAFC's latest agricultural science achievements by browsing the following table:

Scientific achievements in agriculture
Title Science Sector Product Type
Shining a Spotlight on Millet Cereal and Pulses Article
Antioxidants, a booster shot for late blight prevention in potatoes Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Maritimes wild hops (Video) Horticulture Article
Digitization unlocks millions of data points for biodiversity Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Continuous lighting discovery shines light on new energy-efficient way to grow crops indoors Horticulture Article
Instruments to help measure the apple of the market's eye Horticulture Article
A new take on an old invention could help potato farmers crush the weed competition Horticulture Article
Hot Potato! AAFC research into heat-tolerant potato genes builds on award-winning study Horticulture Article
Combating the striped and spotted cucumber beetles Horticulture Article
Open source coding opens the door to robotic invention at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Better together: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) cultivates a collaborative approach to save good crops from bad pests Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Canada's weed hunters set their sights on natural alternatives to herbicides Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Retro is the new modern for Maritimes-grown malt barley Cereals and pulses Article
Getting a leg up on canola disease: AAFC researchers get an accurate view of Canadian blackleg population Oilseeds Article
Lights, Colour, Nutrients! LEDs play a starring role in improving nutritional quality of plants Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
AAFC green processing technology turns canola oil into richer source of Vitamin E Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Waste not, want not: Reducing the environmental footprint of dairy farming with innovative manure management systems Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
AAFC scientist honoured as one of 2022's Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture Cereals and pulses Article
The cereal breeding program is establishing new legacies in Atlantic Canada Cereals and pulses Article
How to transform livestock waste into products of economic and ecological value Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Going with the flow: AAFC's newest PEI scientist researching natural solutions for sustainable water Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Improve food conservation in Canada's distribution chain Agri-Food Article
Finding a new pulse: scientists and farmers studying how to grow sweet white lupin in Canada Cereals and pulses Article
Biochar can turn plant waste into healthy soils and improve the environment Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Building a better bean: discovery of amino acid behaviour poised to enhance protein composition of the common bean. Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Antibody discovery aims to treat E. coli in pigs for improved livestock health and human Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Benefitting cattle producers and the environment: The value of native forages Forages and beef Article
Identifying a common enemy to blueberries, canola and many other crops – the sooner the better Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
The Three Sisters: Optimizing the value and food potential of an ancestral indigenous crop system Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Fat-free stirred yogurts: How to get the right recipe? Agri-food Article
Living Lab - Quebec, an inspiring example of winning collaboration Agri-food Article
New tool takes the guesswork out of crop yields Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
The SpectrAAC-2: A fast and effective device for validating food quality and authenticity (Video) Agri-food Video
UV-C Light Increases Vitamin D in Mushrooms Agri-food Article
Drought outlook the first of its kind in Canada to provide 30-day glimpse into future drought conditions Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Worth the wheat: new durum wheat line shows intermediate resistance to fusarium head blight, a first for Canada and the world Cereals and pulses Article
Diverse crop rotations shown to increase yields, improve soil health and lower GHGs Biodiversity and bioresources Article
'Participatory modelling' is a direct collaboration between researchers and agricultural producers that is bearing fruit Agri-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Wetlands and Farmlands: Celebrating Canadian Environment Week (May 30 – June 5, 2021) Agri-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Yield Enhancement Network grows to new heights in second year Cereals and pulses Article
A race against climate change spurs discovery of enzyme that transforms toxin threatening corn Agri-ecosystem productivity and health Article
The first Canadian reference barley genome: a gift beer drinkers can toast Cereals and pulses Article
Can buckwheat be the new top crop on the rotation block? Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Vegetables in the North: AAFC, Government of Yukon and farmers in northern Canada are researching food production together Horticulture Article
Facing a spud slump? Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Perfecting the formula: AAFC scientists help to develop new weapon in the war against wireworms Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Darkening pinto bean problem solved by gene discovery Cereals and pulses Article
Future-Friendly Crops: A National Goal Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Passion for Science Recognized Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Winter cover crop research yields positive results for environment Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Finding the right genes to flatten potato common scab disease Agri-food Article
"Hop"ping into the express lane: AAFC scientists discover ultra-fast research method with potential applications in agriculture, nutri-science and pharmaceuticals Agri-food Article
A fast and effective device for validating food quality and authenticity Agri-food Article
50 years of preserving crop genetic diversity in Canada Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Lingonberries: Good for Your Heart, Good for Your Kidneys and Good for Agriculture Agri-food Article
Taking the heat: AAFC research identifies genetic variation of potato varieties to heat tolerance Agri-food Article
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Microsoft Research join to win International Greenhouse Challenge Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Antibiotic resistant gene discovered but berries may be a solution Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Fate of antibiotics on the farm Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Ground Hemlock At Home on the Forest Floor Horticulture Research note
Herbicide resistance – Genetic tools for zero tolerance Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Intercropping – a new planting method for large-scale Prairie agriculture? Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
The Canola Flower Midge : a newly discovered species Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Research is helping farmers seize Quinoa fever Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Space: Agriculture from a new stellar vantage point Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Strange brew : Maritimes wild hops could provide unique flavours to brewing industry Horticulture Article
Sustainable Biocontrol Agents : A Standing Army at the Ready Horticulture Article
Using genomics to understand antimicrobial resistance Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
What is hydroponics? Agri-food Research note
Reducing methane emissions from livestock Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
A raw apple juice that doesn't turn brown! Horticulture Research note
Innovative biobed design prevents up to 70% of water contamination by pesticides on farms Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Polycultures : A cocktail mix for the semiarid prairies Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Learning From Nature : Wild Wheat Responds to Climate Change Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Potato Gold Rush : Canada 150 spud new gold standard for fresh market Horticulture Article
Maple syrup flavour research Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article